Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault Receives the 2016 New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement Lifetime Achievement Award

NJWLE Awards Ceremony

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp announces that on Thursday May 26, 2016, Deputy Chief of Investigations Denise H. Arseneault was honored by New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement with the 2016 Lifetime Achievement Award.

New Jersey Women in Law Enforcement was founded in 2004 by a group of dynamic female law enforcement executives representing federal, state, county and municipal law enforcement agencies. They are a professional organization of both men and women who work together to strengthen public recognition of the unique contributions women have made to the profession of law enforcement. The annual awards ceremony was held at the Rutgers University Douglass Student Center in New Brunswick, New Jersey.

Deputy Chief Arseneault began her law enforcement career in 1988 serving as a Special Investigator for the Office of the New Jersey Attorney General. In 1992, she joined the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office as a detective. During her tenure with this office, Deputy Chief Arseneault was assigned to numerous capacities at various levels within the organization. As a detective she served in the General Investigations Unit, Sex Crimes/Child Abuse Unit, Domestic Violence Unit and on Trial Team 1. In 2001 she was promoted to Detective/Supervisor of Trial Team 1 before returning to the Domestic Violence Unit as a supervisor in 2002. She was subsequently promoted to Sergeant that same year. As a Sergeant, Deputy Chief Arseneault supervised the Domestic Violence Unit then the General Investigations Unit. In 2004 she was promoted to the position of Lieutenant where she led the General Investigations Unit, Computer Crime Unit, the Family Division, the Megan’s Law Unit and the Specialized Services Unit. After serving nine years as a Lieutenant, Deputy Chief Arseneault was promoted to the position of Captain in 2013. As a Captain, she led the Specialized Crimes Division consisting of the Professional Standards Unit, Financial Crimes Unit, Bias Crimes Unit, Juvenile/Missing Persons Unit, Weapon Return Unit, Domestic Violence Unit, and Community Affairs Unit. In recognition of her unwavering leadership, numerous accomplishments and her vast amount of knowledge, she was promoted to Deputy Chief of Investigations of the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office on February 2, 2015. Deputy Chief Denise Arseneault is now second in command of all law enforcement personnel serving in the organization.

Prosecutor Knapp said “Deputy Chief Arseneault is a source of leadership, inspiration, stability and integrity. We are fortunate to work with someone of such high caliber. Her dedication to the law enforcement profession and contributions made to the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office cannot be overstated. Deputy Chief Arseneault’s career accomplishments is clear evidence that she is most deserving of the Lifetime Achievement Award”.

Former Madison Police Officer Pleads Guilty to Possession of Child Pornography

Morris County Prosecutor Fredric M. Knapp and Chief Darren P. Dachisen of the Borough of Madison Police Department announce that Chad Rybka, age 33, of Bernards Township, New Jersey, pled guilty today to one count of Endangering the Welfare of a Child – Possession of Child Pornography, a crime of the third degree.

On February 23, 2016, law enforcement officers in the Brunswick Division of Police, Brunswick, Ohio, learned that a 17 year old girl was using a Twitter account to communicate with an adult male and that she sent nude images of herself to the male at his request. The investigation determined that the adult male in question was Chad Rybka, and that he had been communicating with the 17 year old girl over a period of approximately four (4) to six (6) months on Twitter’s “messenger” application. The Brunswick Division of Police reported the matter to the Madison Police Department, who immediately advised the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office. A subsequent investigation led by the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit determined that Rybka was in possession of a number of nude images of the victim.

Under the terms of the plea agreement, Rybka resigned employment as a Madison Borough Police Officer and is also required to forfeit future public employment.

At the time of his resignation, Rybka had been employed as a police officer with the Department since August 2007.

Chief Darren Dachisen of the Borough of Madison Police Department stated: “The Madison Police Department immediately contacted the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and cooperated fully in their investigation upon learning of Officer Rybka’s misconduct. The Madison Police Department also immediately suspended Officer Rybka and has accepted his resignation of employment effective immediately. The Madison Police Department has been proudly serving the Borough of Madison since 1890 and has zero tolerance for any police officer misconduct that adversely effects the Borough’s reputation or the integrity of the Police Department.” Chief Dachisen added that “The actions of one individual does not define our agency and the outstanding work my officers do on a daily basis.”

The Honorable Thomas J. Critchley, J.S.C., presided over the plea.

Prosecutor Knapp would like to thank the Borough of Madison Police Department, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office’s Sex Crimes/Child Endangerment Unit, High Tech Crimes Unit, and Professional Standards Unit, the Morris County Sheriff’s Office – Criminal Investigations Section, and the Brunswick (Ohio) Division of Police, whose combined efforts contributed to the investigation and resolution of this matter.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or (973) 285-6215.

Police Continue Investigation into the 2011 Murder of Kenvil Diner Owner

This Saturday, May 28, 2016, marks the five year anniversary of the murder of Chafic “Steve” Ezzeddine. On Saturday, May 28, 2011, in the middle of Memorial Day Weekend, Steve was found murdered inside of his place of business, the Kenvil Diner, located on Route 46 in the Kenvil section of Roxbury Township, New Jersey. At the time of his death, Steve had been the owner/operator of the Diner for approximately 30 years.

Five years later, multiple law enforcement agencies remain committed to actively pursuing any and all information that may lead to an arrest. At the same time, the Ezzeddine family continues to deeply mourn this horrific tragedy and the loss of their loved one.

The Ezzeddine family, in coordination with friends and family, have now increased the reward leading to the arrest and prosecution of anyone responsible for the murder of their patriarch. Coupled with the Morris County CrimeStoppers reward money, the total reward has now been doubled from $25,000 to $50,000. The Morris County Prosecutor’s Office is not involved in any aspect of the reward being offered.

Over the course of the last five years, the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office and the Roxbury Township Police Department have worked with numerous law enforcement agencies on the investigation of this crime. Those agencies include the Morris County Sheriff’s Office, Morris County Medical Examiner’s Office, New Jersey State Police, New York City Police Department, New York City Medical Examiner’s Office, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the United States Secret Service.

Anyone with information regarding this crime is strongly encouraged to contact the Morris County Prosecutor’s Office Major Crimes Unit at 973-285-6200 or www.morrisprosecutor.org, the Roxbury Police Department at 973-448-2100, or Crimestoppers at 973-COP-CALL. Persons reporting any information may remain anonymous. Information on how to leave an anonymous call or text message can be found at the Crimestoppers Program website at www.morriscrimestoppers.org.

Inquiries concerning this Media Release should be directed to Agent Paul Merkler at [email protected] or 973-285-6215.